ethnology

noun
eth·​nol·​o·​gy | \ eth-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce ethnology (audio) \

Definition of ethnology

: a branch of cultural anthropology dealing chiefly with the comparative and analytical study of cultures broadly : cultural anthropology

Other Words from ethnology

ethnological \ ˌeth-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce ethnology (audio) \ or less commonly ethnologic \ ˌeth-​nə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce ethnology (audio) \ adjective
ethnologist \ eth-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce ethnology (audio) \ noun

Examples of ethnology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the coat’s interior, Fields digitally printed photos of historic moments, documents, ethnology reports and even her great-grandfather. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2020 The dictionary, published by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, where Dr. Laughlin was curator of Mesoamerican ethnology, was not simply a compilation of which Tzotzil word equals which English word. Neil Genzlinger, BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2020 To learn more about Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular, visit the ethnology, military, and history museums. National Geographic, 26 Mar. 2019 The Academy committee incorporated much of Powell’s report into their own, nevertheless watering it down considerably by passing over ethnology and his ideas about engineering the landscape. Johnforristerross, Longreads, 2 July 2018 Margaret began her master’s degree in ethnology and museum ethnography at Oxford and decided to stay and pursue her doctorate in cultural anthropology. M.a.c. Lynch, courant.com, 10 June 2018 To learn more about Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular, visit the ethnology, military, and history museums. National Geographic, 26 Mar. 2019 The Academy committee incorporated much of Powell’s report into their own, nevertheless watering it down considerably by passing over ethnology and his ideas about engineering the landscape. Johnforristerross, Longreads, 2 July 2018 Margaret began her master’s degree in ethnology and museum ethnography at Oxford and decided to stay and pursue her doctorate in cultural anthropology. M.a.c. Lynch, courant.com, 10 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of ethnology

1787, in the meaning defined above

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“Ethnology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ethnology. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for ethnology

ethnology

noun
eth·​nol·​o·​gy | \ eth-ˈnäl-ə-jē How to pronounce ethnology (audio) \
plural ethnologies

Medical Definition of ethnology

: a branch of cultural anthropology dealing chiefly with the comparative and analytical study of cultures broadly : cultural anthropology

Other Words from ethnology

ethnological \ ˌeth-​nə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce ethnology (audio) \ also ethnologic \ -​ik How to pronounce ethnology (audio) \ adjective

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